Care for senior dogs can be a bitter sweet experience. Whether you just rescued a a dog in their golden years or your puppy is getting older, we’ve gathered up some common topics for these mature doggos that you as a pet parent should know.
Cloudy or Hazy Eyes
We’ve all seen the cloudy blue pupils on an older dog. They’re usually paired with a sugar coated snout and droopy eyes. Lenticular sclerosis or nuclear sclerosis is the scientific name. The cloudiness develops in some dog’s eyes around their golden years, closer to mid life. Lenticular sclerosis is common for a dog to develop and is considered to be a normal change as dog’s age. Although it does not cause blindness, in some advanced cases depth perception and near vision may be impacted.
Slowed Down Movements
As dogs age, we notice them slowing down or taking longer to do things that once came with ease. Stairs become an obstacle and getting up to eat looks exhausting. While this is common, it can be a sign of pain. Many elderly dogs will experience joint pain or arthritis. While your vet may prescribe you a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), they can carry some heavy side effects. CBD on the other hand is a great alternative for senior pups due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties with little to no side effects. Ask your vet if is CBD is right for your pet.
Senior dogs get a bad rep for being lazy. While sometimes this may be true, they’re likely bored! Since they aren’t able to do things they once loved like playing fetch, tug-o-war, or even going for long strolls, they’re probably struggling with some boredom. This is a normal part of aging but there are some things you can do to help them! Enrichment activities are a great way to keep your sweet dog stimulated. Enrichment can be defined as anything that enriches their lives. We’ve got some more information on ways you can enrich your dog’s life here. Of course, your dog will be more likely to sleep often in their older age. But you should try to introduce new and fun activities in their lives to keep them entertained! It’s also important to get them a bed with plenty of cushion. We found a list with some great options here.
Nearing The End
We understand first hand the heart ache of losing a pet who has become family. While there is not a cure for old age, you just need to ask a different question. Rather than “how much time do we have left?” ask yourself, “what can I do to make the time we have left fun and fulfilling?”. I’ve experienced my fair share of loss with pets and it is a brutal experience. Just remind yourself that loss is a reminder of the love that was shared.
As you experience your pet aging and becoming more uncomfortable by the day, reach out and ask how CBD can help your pet be more comfortable. Care for senior dogs can be difficult, but remember that you gave them a life full of love and joy.
A dog’s love goes beyond their lifetime.